Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Tornadoes and strong winds from a storm that battered the Midwest on Sunday damaged homes, toppled a drive-in movie screen and ripped off the roof of a church building in northwest Ohio.
Georgia Sterling walks through what is left of her son's kitchen, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, after strong winds destroyed this home in Jerry City, Ohio. Sterling's son, Joshua Hopple, and his wife, Carol, were both in the house when high winds ripped through the home. Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees. (AP Photo/Sentinel-Tribune, J.D. Pooley)
The National Weather Service confirmed on Monday that two tornadoes touched down near Toledo. There were no reports of widespread or significant injuries.
One of the tornadoes, with winds between 111-135 mph, brushed through suburbs south and east of Toledo. Winds from the storm crushed one of two drive-in movie screens in the suburb of Oregon. Several buildings in a light industrial park also sustained damaged just south of the city and the winds flattened a gas station canopy.
The weather service said preliminary findings indicated it was an EF-2 tornado.
The damage from that tornado was in a township where a tornado just over three years ago destroyed a high school and killed seven people.
Another tornado that touched down Sunday in Jerry City, near Bowling Green, had a preliminary rating of EF-1 with winds between 86-110 mph, the weather service said.
Two people suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for evaluation after their home sustained substantial damage in Jerry City, said Wood County Director of Emergency Management Brad Gilbert.
The village of Cloverdale in northwest Ohio's Putnam County had severe damage to some homes. The storm also destroyed the rectory at a church in the village.
The storm also knocked power to thousands of customers in mostly northern and central Ohio after the system rolled through the state, from Cincinnati to Toledo.
The storm ripped through the Midwest, spawning tornadoes and dangerous winds that left at least eight people dead.